Nuno Espirito Santo praised Wolves’ performance as they ended a run of three straight defeats with a 1-1 draw at Arsenal on Sunday. Ivan Cavaleiro’s early strike put them ahead at the Emirates Stadium, while Gunners’ goalkeeper Bernd Leno also excelled in denying them on several occasions as they tried to extend their lead.
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Henrikh Mkhitaryan was fortunate to curl home an equaliser for the hosts in the 86th minute, but promising Morgan Gibbs-White, who again impressed as a late substitute, almost won it for Wolves when he hit the crossbar in stoppage time.
Afterwards, Santo said: “We were defensively very solid, brave, created chances. It was a very good performance. “We had other chances. It was a good game; to come to such a difficult stadium and be able to say that we were winning until the end against a very good team in Arsenal says a lot, about how we are working, how we want to play.
I’m very proud. “What enabled us to get those chances was our defending; we were very organised and didn’t allow Arsenal to play. “I was wanting and wishing for that [shot from Gibbs-White] to go in. It was the best decision.
He brought energy, which is what we expect from all the changes we try. “We were looking for more speed because Arsenal were very high and there was a lot of space for us to exploit; we almost did it.”